About Nelson Environment Centre


Nelson Environment Centre (NEC)/ Te Putahi Taiao has been a valued organisation within the Nelson Tasman community for over 40 years. To meet our vision we divert 100’s of tonnes of waste from landfill each year through our two sites; run educational programmes in schools and kindergartens; and provide advice regularly on envionrmental issues.  We also work nationally to work towards a Zero Waste New Zealand.  We invite everyone to use our facilities here in sunny Nelson. We encourage and support environmental action, and make learning about the environment fun.

The Nelson Environment Centre is an independent, registered charity.

We are an independent charity governed by a Board and not affiliated with any political party or local council. We are proud to be a social enterprise and generate most of our income through our own operations by keeping waste out of landfill through the Nelson Reuse & Recycle Centre and through our endeavours at Ecoland which include eco retail, electronic waste recycling and educational/consultancy work.   We are also supported by a small membership and sponsorship from local businesses and other organisations.  We are still reliant on external grants with their support allowing us to deliver on projects such as Kai Rescue.  However, it is never enough to support all the things we would like to do! So if you care about the environment and want to support social enterprise, please become a member or talk to us about how you could donate to, or sponsor, our important work.

NEC contributes significantly to the Nelson/Tasman regional economy as an employer, providing real jobs. We currently pay over $650,000 in salaries.

Meet the NEC team here.

If you would like a copy of our Annual Report, please contact us.

In June 2017 the Nelson Organic Co-op moved in to join us at Ecoland. In January 2018 the Nelson Community Food Bank moved in too.  This has created a community hub that shares costs and continues to support and provide services to the Nelson Tasman community.